Remember when Albertans used to be so outraged about former premier Alison Redford’s huge executive council?
I know I was.
At the peak of Alberta’s dance with Redfordian gluttony, $28 million was being spent on staff in the premier’s office.
Back then, the NDP had a lot to say about Redford's wasteful ways and crazy salaries for her staff. Former NDP leader and current government House leader, Brian Mason said:
“The compensation for managers is in ironic contrast to the settlement imposed on front-line workers, I think the government is more than hypocritical.”
Notley’s own budget projection for her office spending in 2019 puts the amount at $27.5 million. But that’s only if Notley stops her public sector spending spree right now.
She won’t. Even during these lean times in Alberta, nothing stops Notley’s spending.
Notley increased the number of her staff earning over $100,000 per year by 20 per cent last year, from 53 staffers in 2015 to 64 now.
Shamefully, Albertans are being laid off all across the province because those same high-income tax burglars in Notley's office are busy writing policies that chase jobs and investment away.
For once, I agree with Brian Mason: The government is more than hypocritical.